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4 Big Themes From Trump's UN Speech

'The future belongs to patriots'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2019 11:50 AM CDT
President Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, touching on topics including Iran, the trade war with China, his disdain of globalism, and border security. Highlights from sources including the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and USA Today:

  • Nationalism: Trump said other nations must respect American sovereignty, and he said all nations should put their own citizens first. “The future does not belong to globalists,” he said. “The future belongs to patriots.” And in one of his takeaway lines: “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your nation.”
  • Iran: Trump again blamed Tehran for the recent attack on Saudi Arabia. "All nations have a duty to act—no responsible government should subsidize Iran's bloodlust," he said, while pledging to ratchet up sanctions if Iran remained aggressive.
  • Border controversy: "Today, I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice: Your policies are not just, your policies are cruel and evil." Trump accused them of “empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children," and he said undermining border security is tantamount to "undermining human rights and human dignity."
  • China: He accused Beijing of "gaming" world trade and the World Trade Organization of giving preferential treatment to China. He called on the world community to pressure Beijing into fairer trade policies. “For years these abuses were tolerated, ignored, or even encouraged,” he said. “Our goal is simple: we want balanced trade that is both fair and reciprocal.” Trump also called on China to “honor its binding treaty... to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life."
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